Netflix responded to the backlash the streaming service has received over the controversial French film ‘Cuties’ and slammed claims that the movie promotes pedophilia and the sexualization of young girls.
Its depiction of ‘the prepubescent lead actresses in very provocative situations, including twerking, extreme sexual language amongst minors, and even close-up shots’ sparked a new debate, and calls for boycotts grew on social media.
A Netflix spokesperson spoke to Variety and commented on the ‘Cancel Netflix’ boycott shortly after the film was released. The spokesperson also defended the film, describing it as a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.
Here’s the statement:
“Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”
The film is based on the story of an 11-year-old girl named Amy from Senegal. Amy is torn between the traditional and conservative lifestyle of her family and the escape opportunity offered by her libertarian neighbors, Angelica, and her dance group.
Maimouna Doucoure, the film’s French-Senegalese director, was awarded the best-directing award in the world cinema at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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